‘Blackboard Week’ Posts

Blackboard Week Wrap-up

Blackboard Week Wrap-up

Thanks everyone for participating in Blackboard Week and leaving your comments about our ideas. It was a big success in our book. Traffic was way up throughout the week and we got some pretty good feedback from our ideas. Blackboard likes it, too. We’ll be doing more features like this in the future! Here are ...

3 Things That Blackboard Could Do Better This Version

3 Things That Blackboard Could Do Better This Version

em>This post is part of our ongoing Blackboard Week.

We're just asking for a drop of improvement. Awesome photo by flickr user laszlo-photoWhat we've talked about in the other posts of Blackboard Week have not been the most realistic critiques of the system, taking to mind the process of software development. Blackboard, Inc. probably has their roadmap laid out for the next 2 or 3 versions of the system. If they were to take heed everything we've said, they would have to scrap their entire system. Such a task is not realistic, nor is it necessarily the best thing to do.

This post will talk about improvements and refinements Blackboard could make today to make their system more user-friendly.

Integrating Blackboard with Other Systems

Integrating Blackboard with Other Systems

em>This post is part of our ongoing Blackboard Week.

Can't we all just play nice? Image from flickr user dkaz

My mother always told me to play nicely with others on the playground. My first internship out of high school was coding in C for a company called Automatic Duck. They've made an entire business out of translating project files of Avid or Final Cut Pro to Adobe After Effects project files. If you don't know video editing programs, think of them as a program that would allow you to import Microsoft Word files into Apple Pages or OpenOffice (if they didn't already do so).

Playing nicely with others is a good way to make sure your company stays on top: if users can easily bring data into and out of your system, the more likely they are to use it. Without the possibility of being trapped in a system forever, everything deserves a chance. This post will talk about the gains Blackboard could see if they iron out their integration into other systems.

Blackboard in the Cloud

Blackboard in the Cloud

This post is part of our ongoing Blackboard Week. There’s plenty of hype about “cloud” software these days. Many engineers argue back and forth about the benefits of developing software in the Cloud. In many ways, cloud software is nothing new. In other ways, it’s groundbreaking and an amazing business opportunity The cloud is king. ...

The Problem with Blackboard 9

This post is part of our ongoing Blackboard Week. For our first post in our Blackboard Week, we will be giving a state of the union. This post will go over how Blackboard came to be what it is, some of the competition out there and some of the big problems with the software. Throughout ...

Introducing: Blackboard Week

Introducing: Blackboard Week

It’s not often you get to dedicate an entire week’s worth of content to a piece of software. HackCollege is getting to the point now where big companies are starting to care about what we have to say. Last week, Rob Fay from Blackboard got in touch with us and left a comment on a ...